2017-04-23

Recycled unbleached paper

Over a week ago, i bought A4 sized 80 g/qm paper in a pack of 500. The special thing is that they are not white, because they are not bleached. This will make my origami cranes less bright and give them more depth, when captured in difficult light situations. The paper is not grey either. There is an yellow tone in white. A bright cream color to be exact. I like it a lot. And these are the specs of the recycled paper by manufacturer Xerox in the German language: "Bleichverfahren: ungebleicht, Weißegrad: 70% ± 2.5 D65/10, Opazität: 95 %, Dicke: 102 µm +/-6, Fasertyp: Recycled"
FYI, the information density is quite high in some of my blog posts. And if your English is not good, Google Translate isn't going to help, especially not with technical terms. I stopped publishing in German a while ago, because it's just a barrier on the internet. I may not come across like that, but i want to make friends: At the age of 10, i wrote on a piece of paper, dating back to April 1997, which i found during a cleanup in the living room, that i like "to take beautiful photos, have fun and friends to play with". Browsing through old stuff is like going back in time for a moment.
2017-04-23

Crush on Jessica Clements

In late 2016, i surfed on YouTube through channels, and found this lady named Jessica Clements. I liked to watch her talking. She seems to be attractive and nice, almost funny. I do not care about the makeup chat. But the thing that got me hooked was her birds, it made me watch all videos, because of her voice. Hashtag Rabbit Hole.
In early 2017, i started an instagram account dedicated to edit her photos, to add a twist to them, as an outlet. Because she is out of my league. I still wanted to do more with her, and this was the way i went. I'm 3 decades old, shot over 100.000 photos, over 10.000 videos in my life, and probably just tired of my own photos and videos at the moment.
I even took more care of myself, by doing things like sit ups and crunches, to get me in a better shape. Thank you to Jessica Clements, for the motivation, although she has only contributed passively through her existence alone. Hashtag Girlfriend Goals.
Remotely related, in 2009, my weight was 110 kg, and after less than one year, i got it down to around 65 kg, with a body height of 175 cm. I have never gone back up in weight, because i changed how i eat and i'm happy about it ever since.
Before 2009, my relationship with eating was not healthy. I had mood swings and tried to compensate them with junk food or fast food, which made it even worse. But at some point, i realized i need to change everything, or i will die because of this. Since then, i learned a lot to put my life back on track, and keep it that way.
2016-08-01

Binge watching in mid 2016

As a child born in 1986, i watched TV series "The A-Team" quite frequently, but never got to watch all five seasons. In early 2016, i picked up a BitTorrent client for a month and downloaded my favorites from the past. I already had some of them in my archive, like Simpsons or Futurama. But i still wanted to have "Stargate SG-1", "Married... with Children", "Hogan's Heroes" and The A-Team.
The final episode aired 30 years ago, it is really old, but i have a sentimental connection with the series, it gave me the urge for justice. I watched the last episodes of The A-Team in a hotel room, while i was in Helsinki to fold origami cranes, and i'm satisfied with it.
I grew up with "The Simpsons" and probably watched all episodes, back then, when i had a dedicated TV. Now it's not the case anymore, since i wait till the season is over, and have the opportunity to get it all in one step on my hard drive. I never got to watch the newest episodes anyway, because they needed to be translated for the German audience, which takes a while. But now i enjoy the original version.
Another TV series i binge-watched was "Married… with Children", which is quite similar with The Simpsons. Both are showing parents with some kids, where life was not always nice to them, but they can make it through in some way, because it was their passion, which is one of the reasons i like them so much.
2016-05-01

My parents are on YouTube

I made a YouTube channel named "Cantonese Craft" where my mother is showing some of her cooking and sewing skills. She does the voice-over in her first language Hong Kong-Chinese, also known as Cantonese. I'm doing the whole video recording and editing thing, because my parents are not deep into tech. My father is always tired after work, but i might get him sometimes on the channel. I'm just trying to develop another revenue stream for them, so that they do not have to perform physically demanding work anymore. My mother does cleaning in a large hotel on the Rhine, at the kindergarten and some smaller places, while my father is employed in shift work with "polymer processing" in Bonn. My parents were never unemployed for very long. This is why they never had the opportunity to learn German properly, even after all these decades.
You can imagine how it influenced my life. It was like living in two distant countries at the same time. I had to learn different cultures, languages and many other things without any help since the beginning. I was constantly lost and wondering why. But after writing two books, my German got good enough to allow me to draw pictures no one else other than me would understand. And since most people think reading equals understanding, this would lead to nowhere: Just a waste of time. I learned programming by myself, long before my English was enough for anything useful. This is why i’m using the language here more like in a piece of Perl code, straight, but still playfully: Maybe like Lego bricks. My Cantonese is really bad in comparison. And i better not mention Spanish from my school days. At some point in between, i wanted to learn French, and later Italian, but there is nothing left, except for the yellow textbooks by Langenscheidt.
My parents have met the first time in West Germany, 1976. Both came here separately from the British colony Hong Kong to work hard. Back then, the German currency "Deutsche Mark" was quite strong, compared with the Hong Kong dollar. At the age of 19 and 22, they have found each other through mutual connections, and ten years later, i was born in 1986, in a city that is now no longer the capital of Germany. My first years weren't that bad. Father made enough money as waiter in a chinese restaurant, with a lot of people working for governments as customers, while mother was there for me in my early stage. Even grandma came for a couple of months from Hong Kong to Bad Godesberg. But then they decided to run their own restaurant in Ratingen and things changed.
2014-11-01

Why my trail of origami cranes started in Paris

Back then, in early 2013, i started to visit London and Paris, because i wanted to cover street style photography during Fashion Week. I have some female fashion bloggers in my RSS Feed Reader since a long time and thought, i need to see them in real life. Maybe i hoped to see more than just beautiful people, and not that many clowns.
But soon i realized, this is not what i want anymore. I had to let them go, because they were not real, just illusions. My last time as "indie" photojournalist covering Fashion Week was in Paris early 2014. In late 2013, i have already prepared myself to fold origami cranes before and after the fashion show events of brands like Chanel and Valentino, just to fill the gaps, when nothing is happening.
I researched places where i can sit down to fold a origami crane and documented everything with two cameras for two point of views, to be later combined into a video. Because the only truth is right here and right now. I kept doing it, made a lot of them along my way, and this is why the trail of thousand origami cranes began in Paris.
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